WPS September2 

20 September 12PM

$35 per person

Macquarie Room

In 1814, the judicial system in the Colony of NSW was in disarray. Brothers Ellis Bent (Judge Advocate) and Jeffrey Bent (Judge of the Supreme Court) refused to sit in the presence of emancipist attorneys and adjourned the Governor’s Court and Supreme Court respectively. Governor Macquarie and the Bents appealed to England and for nearly two years both Civil Courts in the Colony were closed.

In response, two London solicitors, Frederick Garling and William Henry Moore, were appointed to the positions of Crown Solicitors and arrived in Australia in 1815, allowing the Courts to reopen. Three of Frederick Garling's descendants are members of the WPS - Libby Maskey, Kathy McCombie and Lynne Portelli - and will be telling the story of the part their family played in early Australia and how 200 years on the family have come together, thanks to the power of social media.


For all bookings and dietary requirements, contact Mrs Lorna Stone on (02) 9522 8924